Wyoming's fire season is a relief for the state

Aug 15, 2013

Wyoming’s fire season is much smaller than last year.

State forester Bill Crapser says there have only been a couple of major forest fires this year, and they’re mostly burning in remote areas. Last year, around 30 large fires ravaged the state, and more than 4,000 firefighters from other states came to Wyoming to help.

Crapser says the damp spring and summer have allowed plants to resist heat, flames, and lightning, and it’s a relief for the state’s budget.  

“It also gives our folks or people from other states opportunities to get experience an increase their qualifications and knowledge, as far as wildfire goes.”

Crapser says Wyoming is now able to recoup its fire budget that was pushed to the limit last summer.